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2015 - 1 Year 22 no. 85
CONFERENCE OF OFS GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS -- YOUFRA
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FAMILY FOR THE OFS AND FOR THE GIFRA
From October 5 to October 19, 2014, it was celebrated in Vatican the Extraordinary Synod about the family, in which the main theme was: The pastoral challenges on the family in the context of evangelization. In this Synod, the Church, with the pastoral guidance of Pope Francis, dedicated another moment of reflection and pastoral attention to the family, together with prayers.
The members of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS), as Saint Francis‘s sons and daughters, wish to satisfy the mission of the Church For the next six years, in fact, among the priorities of the OFS, it is rightly that about the family (cf.. Conclusions of the General Chapter OFS, Assisi 1 to 8 November 2014).
Giving voice to the OFS of the whole world, the four numbers of Koinonia of this year 2015 will focus their articles in the importance of the Family for the OFS and for the YouFra.
In this first number, Br Francis Bongajum Dor, OFMCap, will consider the theme of the family in the Magisterium of the Church, since the Second Vatican Council until today. In the second number, Br. Martin Bitzer, OFMConv, will consider the family in the Rule and General Constitutions of the OFS. The third number, edited by Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano, TOR, will be dedicated to the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization. Finally, the fourth number, edited by José Antônio Duarte Cruz, OFM, will focus on the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.
PRAYER PROGRAM For OFS-GiFra: MONTHLY INTENTIONS
For each month, there is a general prayer intention, and a specific intention depending on the life of the Universal Church and particularly on important events in National Fraternities around the world.
Let Local Fraternities pray for both.
The National Fraternity of Taiwan has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 23 May, 2015.
Theresa Chuang Peng Piao Ping has been re-elected as national minister, and Joseph Hsu Kuo Chiang has been elected as international councillor.
The National Fraternity of Costa Rica has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 22-24 May 2015.
The national minister and international councillor is Frank Quirós Zúñiga.
The National Fraternity of Cuba has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 16-19 April 2015.
The national minister and international councillor is Airán Negrín.
The National Fraternity of Canada has celebrated its National Elective Chapter in Loretteville, Québec, Canada on 14-17 May, 2015.
The new national minister is Gilles Métivier and Marion Clorey has been re-elected as international councillor.
The Secular Franciscan Order belongs to the Franciscan Family and is "formed by the organic union of all the Catholic fraternities, whose members, moved by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves through profession to live the Gospel after the manner of St. Francis in their secular state following the Rule approved by the Church" (Const. 1,3).
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